Following further discussions with the Court Appointed Receiver (‘ CAR ‘) , it is now clear that control of Blackpool FC has not yet been transferred to the CAR and it is not yet known when this will happen.  The legal process regarding the order made by the Court is not yet complete and therefore it is necessary for Blackpool fans who are concerned about when to break the boycott to remain patient for a little while longer.   It is possible that the CAR will take control of the club at some point next week but exactly when is impossible to say at this stage and therefore any tickets purchased for the next home game against Oxford on 23rd February cannot be guaranteed to be NAPM compliant.   

The basic conditions required for a return to Bloomfield Rd for most boycotting fans are: 

1. A guarantee that ticket revenues will not end up in Oyston hands 

2. A new board in place with no Oyston control  

At this moment these conditions have not been met. 

It is also necessary for supporters to understand that if Owen Oyston is able to pay the full debt owed to Valeri Belokon before the football club is sold, the debt is discharged and he will be able to resume control.  Whilst this is a highly unlikely scenario, given that he has had 15 months to do this and is being charged interest at a rate of £5000 per day for every day the debt is outstanding, nevertheless it is important for supporters to know that this remains a risk. 

A further issue is the possibility that once the club and other assets are sold and the debt discharged, Valeri Belokon’s shares could revert to Owen Oyston, leaving him with a 20% share in the club.  Again, this is unlikely to happen but is a possibility. 

With these points in mind Blackpool Supporters’ Trust, the Tangerine Knights and the Muckers Supporters’ Group offer the following advice: 

As soon as we know that the CAR has complete control of the football club, we suggest that supporters return to Bloomfield Rd on a game by game basis.  In the unlikely event of any future Oyston involvement, the boycott can resume.  It is important that we make it clear that we are only returning when the basic conditions are met and if this changes for any reason, the Not A Penny More campaign will continue.  

We know that this is disappointing as we all want to get back to our home ground as soon as possible.  Having waited for so long, it would make no sense to break NAPM for the sake of a few more weeks.  It is likely that the home game against Southend on 9th March can be the target game for the return of the fans and plans for this will be put in place as soon as we have assurances that the CAR has assumed control of the football club. 

The next BST Open Members’ Meeting is on Saturday 23rd February at the Village Hotel, Blackpool starting at 11am. It will be attended by Paul Cooper who will be able to offer further clarity about the role of the CAR.   In addition, the BST committee will be able to give more detail about the court proceedings that took place on Wednesday. This meeting is open to ALL . 

Fans’ representatives are holding a preliminary meeting with the CAR on Monday and have identified a range of issues to discuss with him, having already provided him with a written brief before the court hearing on Wednesday.  We will provide updates to supporters on a regular basis, whenever we have them. 

Given the euphoria surrounding Wednesday’s court decision, it is understandable that people want to rush back immediately.  However, legal processes take time and we must allow the court and the CAR time to do their job and make our club Oyston free before we lift the boycott.  We have worked too hard for too long to mess this up now.  

Thanks for the clarity. Sounds like we all need to take a step back and curb the excitement.

We are still in a good position after Wednesday's result so no point in disappointed!

Makes sense.

In BST we trust.

Don't forget Muckers and TK or they will bite your head off ;)
Whilst I greatly appreciate the effort TK's and Muckers have made and having met them know they are great people that are passionate about BFC, it makes me cringe a bit when they are involved in the formal discussions.
Yes would much rather BST do the formal stuff. The Muckers and TK have played a crucial part in ousting Oyston and are well respected but I think this is the part now where BST act alone. I think we, as supporters, lose value having three supporters negotiating with the receivers.
seasider wrote:Yes would much rather BST do the formal stuff. The Muckers and TK have played a crucial part in ousting Oyston and are well respected but I think this is the part now where BST act alone. I think we, as supporters, lose value having three supporters negotiating with the receivers.

Agreed.

There's a place for all of them, but not in the formal stuff.

I am a bit confused as the Muckers are now saying they are going back for the Oxford game which contradicts this statement. Unless I am missing something?

Pissup and brewery spring to mind.
Please do not criticise the muckers they are the biggest and most important fan group don’t you know? 
Nothing better than seeing the Muckers get out of a packed mini bus on away days. This is where I want to see them; not round a table discussing the club's future with the receivers.

As I said on another thread as a season ticket holder until NAPM I will not be back until 100% convinced that the family has truly gone. I missed 4 games in the season I still had my ST then went back for the final games but vowed that until the club is returned to the fans then NAPM continues.

Will await more news

After 5 years, what’s waits few more weeks going to do? 

Not until the stench of Oyston is gone. 

Reading the latest statement from The Muckers saying they will be attending the Oxford match. Makes a mockery of these joint statements.

It's actually a good post from Raggy...

Reading other posts on the return v Oxford Utd 23rd February 2019, it is clear some haven't made their mind up yet. The MSG have. 

There is a Court Order that has taken control of the club from Owen Oyston. That was the aim of NAPM from the outset and it has been achieved. All the other if's, but's and maybe's serve no purpose here in our opinion. 

There have been a lot of people involved in the last 5 years, some have garnered quite a lot of attention and local fame. It's only natural that some will miss the recognition, and with this can come a subconscious inability to let go. They clearly will never be forgotten but still may find it difficult to move on. Its the end of an era if you will.

We have already read people saying they won't go back if : 

- Oyston remains in the hotel 

- Oyston remains in the Penthouse 

- Oyston has a corporate box 

- Oyston is in the ground 

- Oyston gets any money why the receivers are in 

- until the seats are clean 

- until they are fully staffed 

- until they change security firms 

Once these are all covered, we are likely to here they won't go back until: 

- that seat that Owen used to use is removed 

- the restaurant he ate in is closed down for good. 

- the toilet he used is burned to the ground 

- any letter O around the ground is removed. 

A tad sarcastic we know, but you get the picture. 

The NAPM campaign was not started to simply deny Owen money out of spite. It was to force him to sell. Well a Court of Law has done that for us now so job done on that front. We understand there are scenarios that could see him remain ie. Winning the euro millions, but we can't affect that for now, nor do we need to. By the logic of some, (those saying don't go back yet as he may get some money), we should be against any new owners buying the club as that money will help Owen pay off his debt! 

It's all coming down to whether your particular aim is to go back to football first, or see the Oyston's ruined first. 

For us, and a large group of MSG members, we are going back against Oxford. There are 224 people that have sent their ticket money to us up to now and these will all be purchased in the same block on Wednesday. We estimate another 170-180 By the replies we have recieved. 

We don't care about dirty seats, out of date pies, crap beer, no stewards or any of the other dreamed up stumbling blocks. We don't even mind Owen being there. In fact it will be good to laugh at the old rapist scarecrow. 

We hope that the majority have the same thought process and return en masse. 

Raggy 

MSG 

I agree with him, its exactly how I feel. Who gives a fuck if Oyston gets a last few quid. It isn't going to change a thing, he's a goner. It's over mission accomplished.
I would definitely not go if any money was going to rapey, but the fact is that once the receiver has full control, it's not.
All need to go back at same time. 
seasider wrote:All need to go back at same time. 

I'm not sure that's possible. Some are already saying they won't go back until they have a gold seat with free champagne.

I think we're about to see who was really boycotting and who was just not going.

It needs to be in the hands of the receiver. Is that the case now?

seasider wrote:

It needs to be in the hands of the receiver. Is that the case now?

No, and if it isn't the case by next Saturday I won't be going to the Oxford game. Just going off what's been said so far - he should have control by Tuesday. As soon as we have that confirmation, it's over.
Same here. I just don't know why people are wanting to jump the gun. Surely can wait a few days. 
Magic147 wrote:

I'm not sure that's possible. Some are already saying they won't go back until they have a gold seat with free champagne.

I think we're about to see who was really boycotting and who was just not going.

Circumstances change for people as well. Harry plays footy on a Sunday now, so Saturdays are our main day for fishing. This rules out any thoughts of Season Tickets.  We'll probably just do a few games as and when. But at least we will  have the option to go to Bloomfield Rd now.
Bally wrote:Circumstances change for people as well. Harry plays footy on a Sunday now, so Saturdays are our main day for fishing. This rules out any thoughts of Season Tickets.  We'll probably just do a few games as and when. But at least we will  have the option to go to Bloomfield Rd now.
I think a lot of people will fall into that bracket. For me, if City and Blackpool do clash, we will have to find babysitters and that won't be an easy task mid-Saturday afternoon. 

Yes some people have other routines on a Saturday now also, it'll take a while to get back to anything like we were.

The first few games will be massive but we'll settle down to a regular attendance of about 5,000 plus away fans I reckon, unless we go up of course.

I find it strange that people have faith that the court appointed receiver will gain control of the club quickly. I do not know all the ins and outs of the process, but OO is the person who dodged paying back money after their was a court order.  If he refuses to comply then what can he get away with this time?
TheCanuck wrote:I find it strange that people have faith that the court appointed receiver will gain control of the club quickly. I do not know all the ins and outs of the process, but OO is the person who dodged paying back money after their was a court order.  If he refuses to comply then what can he get away with this time?
If the club bank accounts are moved into the control of the receiver it doesn't require Owen's agreement. Control of the money is all that matters.
Magic147 wrote:If the club bank accounts are moved into the control of the receiver it doesn't require Owen's agreement. Control of the money is all that matters.

Which is the activity that ensures the receiver is in charge. Has that taken place? If it hasn't, then that is what people need to wait for before we can be sure this is all done and dusted. 

TheCanuck wrote:

Which is the activity that ensures the receiver is in charge. Has that taken place? If it hasn't, then that is what people need to wait for before we can be sure this is all done and dusted. 

Agreed. As far as I'm aware we're waiting for an amended agreement to be drafted and agreed by both parties, and then final signoff by JMS.

That's only going off what others have said though. Whether that's done in time for the Oxford game remains to be seen, but that's the point I'm waiting for.

Agree with the above. You hear this statement about being cautious and then another one by the Muckers yesterday giving the green light. It's no wonder individual fans are going to make their own mind up.
seasider wrote:Agree with the above. You hear this statement about being cautious and then another one by the Muckers yesterday giving the green light. It's no wonder individual fans are going to make their own mind up.
For clarity, pay absolutely no attention to "The Muckers".